Appointment of SSS chair not renewed by Duterte

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 12 2018 12:23 PM | Updated as of Feb 12 2018 04:45 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has decided not to renew the appointments of Social Security System (SSS) Chairman Amado Valdez and Commissioner Jose Gabriel La Viña, Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, citing the Office of the Executive Secretary’s letters to the two SSS officials, said Valdez and La Viña had been serving in a holdover capacity since their terms expired last June 2017.

Roque did not provide Duterte’s reason for not extending the terms of the two SSS officials.

Valdez, a former dean of the University of the East, was appointed by the President last October 2016.

La Viña, meanwhile, was the Duterte campaign’s social media head.

The President arrived at the decision not to renew the two officials’ term just as the state pension fund sought to raise the members' contribution rate to 14 percent from the current 11 percent starting April.

In a statement, La Viña thanked the President for the "honor and privilege of serving the Filipino people."

"As presidential appointees, we all serve at his pleasure. I will continue to support the fight against criminality, corruption, injustice and poverty," he said.